IMG Archives
Archives  News  Apple Releases Gamer's Dream PowerBook  

Monday, April 29, 2002
Apple Releases Gamer's Dream PowerBook
12:16 PM | Sean Smith | Comment on this story

Apple Computer today answered the fervent hopes of many gamers by releasing a new 800 MHz Titanium PowerBook G4 powered by an ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics processing unit with 32 MB of DDR SDRAM, promising a dramatic improvement in the framerates of 3D-accelerated games.

Apple's previous top-of-the-line PowerBook (reviewed today on IMG) featured an ATI Mobility Radeon, which, while a substantial improvement for 3D gaming over the ATI Rage 128 Mobility, lacked the hardware transform and lighting unit of the Mobility Radeon 7500, which was announced by ATI shortly before the PowerBook's revision late last year.

The Mobility Radeon 7500 also differs from the Mobility Radeon in last year's PowerBook in boasting twice the VRAM — 32 MB, up from 16 — and a 230 MHz clock. Like the Mobility Radeon in the older model, the new chip communicates with the system via a 4X AGP bus.

Other notable improvements in Apple's newest PowerBook include:

  • 800 MHz PowerPC G4
  • 1 MB DDR L3 Cache
  • 1280x854 Hi-res Display
  • DVI Out

The addition of DVI output means that PowerBook users can now connect Apple's own digital displays, such as the 23-inch Cinema HD Display, to the laptop for use as a second monitor. The PowerBook's internal display, while remaining at the 15.2-inch widescreen format familiar from previous Titanium PowerBooks, has had its resolution increased to 1280x854, offering 23% more workspace and even better-looking anti-aliased text.

The 1 MB of level 3 cache, which is in addition to the 256 KB of fast level 2 cache on the G4 processor itself, brings to the new PowerBook a performance boost previously found only in Apple's Power Mac line.

The new PowerBook features a 133 MHz system bus, a slot-loading Combo Drive for playing DVDs and for playing or recording CDs, 512 MB of RAM in the 800 MHz model, and, of course, Mac OS X 10.1 pre-installed.

Apple is also offering a new 667 MHz model with 256 MB of RAM, complete with the Mobility Radeon 7500, Combo Drive, 133 MHz system bus, and 1 MB L3 Cache of its more powerful sibling.

The 800 MHz model retails for US$3199, and the 667 MHz model for US$2499.

Titanium PowerBook G4/800

Other Mac Games News for Monday, April 29, 2002

No One Lives Forever Pre-Order at IMG Store1:35 PM
Apple Unveils the eMac1:05 PM
MacGamer Interviews Aspyr's Rogers12:43 PM
Apple Releases Gamer's Dream PowerBook12:16 PM
IMG Reviews the PowerBook G4/66711:05 AM
Aspyr's Michael Rogers on The Gamesome Mac6:00 AM
Galactic Patrol Special Assignment Announced6:00 AM
Installation Guide for Retail Tac Ops6:00 AM
Shadowbane Site Revamped6:00 AM
Sid Meier Interviewed Yet Again6:00 AM
Unreal Tournament 2003 Hack Protection Details6:00 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Monday, April 29, 2002 on one page

Mac Games News for Friday, April 26, 2002

Freeverse to Distribute WipeOut 2097 in US1:53 PM Launched1:52 PM
IMG Previews The Sims: Hot Date12:45 PM
X-Plane Updated to 6.1312:10 PM
Tactical Ops 3.1.5 Mac Patch Released11:11 AM
Birdie Shoot Demo Available10:38 AM
Diablo II 1.10, 'Ladder' Characters Coming6:00 AM
New WarCraft III Singleplayer Info6:00 AM
Samurai Rune Mod Released6:00 AM
The VATZ, Goliath Q&A6:00 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Friday, April 26, 2002 on one page

Recent Mac Games News

Thursday, April 25, 2002
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Monday, April 22, 2002
Friday, April 19, 2002

Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.

Archives  News  Apple Releases Gamer's Dream PowerBook